When the temperatures get really hot, I love healthy cold salads for dinner. In Arizona, for instance, the summer temperatures range from 100-110 degrees. Although it’s a dry heat, cold food just tastes better. My cabbage Asian salad with carrot ginger dressing is refreshing and delicious. Loaded with cabbages, and other fresh vegetables, cabbage Asian salad is tangy and a relief from the summer heat.
For this cabbage Asian salad, I chose both Napa and purple cabbage. Similar to lettuce, napa cabbage has the texture of lettuce and absorbs flavors like a sponge. Purple cabbage, on the other hand, is similar to green cabbage, with a firmer texture. So, if you prefer green cabbage, switching it out works just as well. I chose the purple or red cabbage because it’s vibrant colors.
THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF EATING CABBAGE ASIAN SALAD
According to Healthline, even though cabbage is very low in calories, it has an impressive nutrient profile.
In fact, just 1 cup (89 grams) of raw green cabbage contains (2):
- Calories: 22
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin K: 85% of the RDI
- Vitamin C: 54% of the RDI
- Folate: 10% of the RDI
- Manganese: 7% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 6% of the RDI
- Calcium: 4% of the RDI
- Potassium: 4% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 3% of the RDI
Cabbage also contains small amounts of other micronutrients, including vitamin A, iron, and riboflavin.
As you can see in the list above, it is rich in vitamin B6 and folate, both of which are essential for many important processes in the body, including energy metabolism and the normal functioning of the nervous system.
Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that have an odd number of electrons, making them unstable. When their levels become too high, they can damage your cells.
CABBAGE ASIAN SALAD HAS SIMPLE, YET HEALTHY INGREDIENTS
Not only is cabbage Asian salad healthy, but it also has the colors of the rainbow. Eating a variety of different colored vegetables ensures you’re getting enough fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and the like, and help to protect against illness, bone density loss, digestive problems, and weight management.
So, what’s in this fabulous salad?
- Napa cabbage
- Purple (also called red) cabbage
- Green onions
- Red bell pepper
CABBAGE ASIAN SALAD WITH CARROT GINGER DRESSING
I’m a huge dressing, sauce person. Despite my love for raw and cooked vegetables, every dish needs a unique and fabulous dressing or sauce. Because I keep it healthy, I avoid cooking with any oils. Instead, I try to create unique dressings from whole foods without adding a bunch of oil, sugar, and other unhealthy ingredients.
One of my favorite dressings is Asian carrot ginger dressing. My husband and I love Asian food, so we often go out for vegan sushi, stir-fry wok restaurants, as well as Thai and other Japanese cuisines. We have found, however, that most of the restaurants we go to use a lot of fat and oil.
Even though many of our favorite restaurants accommodate my oil-free eating, which I appreciate, it is still always healthier to make food at home. For that reason, I decided to make my own version of carrot ginger dressing for my cabbage Asian salad.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE NEEDED FOR CARROT GINGER DRESSING?
- Fresh ginger
- White miso paste
- Apple cider vinegar
- Rice vinegar
- Black forbidden rice or brown rice (optional)
- Sesame seeds (optional)
Another great aspect of making cabbage Asian salad is making it ahead of time. Cabbage, which is very firm, does not wilt and get soggy when dressed. As a result, cabbage Asian salad can be made ahead of time and tossed in the dressing. In the end, the longer the salad has to marinate in the dressing, the deeper the flavors get.
So, the next time it’s hot outside, and you want a refreshing salad with a fabulous healthy tangy dressing, make Cabbage Asian salad.
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